Dance as a Vehicle of Communication in the Tiv Kwagh-Hir Theater

Felix A. Akinsipe


This paper examines the use of dance as a vehicle of communication in the Tiv Kwagh-hir puppet theatre. The paper looked at what the Kwagh-hir is, the use or function of music, dance and the other arts in it. The paper emphasises that neither dance (nor any of the arts involved) can stand alone in the performance of the Kwagh-hir because in the Tiv culture, there is no much distinction between music and dance. The conclusion is that dance is the major vehicle of communication that gives life, sustains interest and makes a success of the aims and objectives of, particularly, the modern Kwagh-hir theatre.


Dance, Communication, Kwagh-hir Theatre, Puppet Theatre.

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